Nick Hytner, the former Director of the National Theatre has been awarded the Critic’s Circle Award for Services to the Arts.
The annual award was created in 1988 and the first person to receive it was Peter Hall, one of Hytner’s predecessors at the National.
Accepting the award, Hytner said: “By rights I should be accepting it in partnership with Nick Starr, and I am was delighted he is here today. I hope that sometime in the future – maybe 25 years from now – we might get one jointly!”
He continued: “It is important that people should pass on what had happened in the theatre in the past, but it was not something that could be left to those who worked in the theatre, critics also had a rôle to play.”
Last year the award was presented to the ceramic artist Grayson Perry. Previous winners include Richard Eyre, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Tom Stoppard, Alan Bennett, Ken Loach and Stephen Sondheim.
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